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ADD / ADHD

ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. This condition is often associated with symptoms such as inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. These can vary from person to person. ADHD was formerly called ADD, or attention deficit disorder. Symptoms always begin in childhood but both children and adults can have ADHD. Children with ADHD will have trouble paying attention and may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. These behaviors interfere with school and home life. It’s more common in boys than in girls and is usually discovered during the elementary school years, when a child begins to have problems paying attention.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects children and teens and can continue into adulthood. Adults with ADHD may have trouble managing time, being organized, setting goals, and holding down a job. They may also have problems with relationships, self-esteem, and addiction.

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Symptoms of ADD / ADHD

Some symptoms in Children:

  • Often squirms, fidgets, or bounces when sitting
  • Doesn't stay seated
  • Has trouble playing quietly
  • Is always moving, running or climbing on things
  • Talks excessively
  • Is always “on the go” as if “driven by a motor”
  • Is easily distracted
  • Doesn't follow directions or finish tasks
  • Doesn't appear to be listening
  • Doesn't pay attention and makes careless mistakes
  • Forgets about daily activities
  • Has problems organizing daily tasks
  • Doesn’t like to do things that require sitting still
  • Often loses things
  • Tends to daydream

Some symptoms in Adults:

  • Chronic lateness and forgetfulness
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Problems at work
  • Trouble controlling anger
  • Impulsiveness
  • Substance abuse or addiction
  • Unorganized
  • Procrastination
  • Easily frustrated
  • Chronic boredom
  • Trouble concentrating when reading
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Relationship problems